e wall, as the case might be.) Here, in the drawer of her little work-table, were some relics,--a tiny, half-worn shoe, a little doll, a sweet baby face laughing from an ivory frame: the insignia of her rank in the great order of sorrowing mothers; and these, perhaps, gave her that great sympathy and tenderness for all who were in trouble which drew all sad hearts towards her.
And so, on this occasion, the little woman had sat for a few moments looking at the pictured face on the wall, with its mingled majesty and sweetness; had peeped into the best-beloved of all books, and said a little prayer, as was her wont when "puzzled," before she sent the message to Hilda,--for she knew that she must sorely hurt and grieve the child who was half the world to her; and though she did not flinch from the task, she longed for strength and wisdom to do it in the kindest and wisest way.
"Hilda, dear," she said gently, when they were seated together on the sofa, hand in hand, with each an arm round the other's
The moral is a bit heavy-handed in this charming girls' story, but lively storytelling keeps things from being too saccharine. When her parents must take a long trip, 15-year-old Hildegardis Graham, a blase young lady of New York City, is sent -- to her dismay -- to stay on a farm. At first haughty, she quickly turns herself around and comes to love the place and its people.
I started reading the Margaret series by this author and then realized that the Hildegarde series came first and seems to lead in to the Margaret books as a character from the Hildegarde series shows up in the Margaret books. It is a very well-written, heartwarming story of a highly conceited city girl who finds herself and her integrity during a summer in the country. If that sounds dull, it isn't. You really care about the characters and there's even some adventure concerning a long lost treasure. Excellent!
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